Christmas 2011

Christmas Lunches with the Stars of the NYJO at Hideaway


The National Youth Jazz Orchestra's brass section performingJoin us for an afternoon of Christmas cheer and festive frivolity at your favourite live music venue! This year our sumptuous Xmas lunches will be accompanied by the hottest young musical talent in the UK - a band drawn from the cream of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra - whose phenomenal record in finding stars includes one truly unforgettable singer by the name of Amy Winehouse.

Book your Christmas party in for our special festive lunchtime service on Friday Dec 9th, and from Wednesday Dec 14th to Friday Dec 16th. Open from 12pm to 5pm, there will be two sets of live jazz to accompany your three course meal, all for only £25 a head - value even Scrooge would be hard pressed to argue with! What? You want more? Well, our post-meal audience participation (with a suitably musical twist) is guaranteed to raise a giggle!

The Details

Doors open 12pm Lunch served between 12.30 and 3pm Live music begins 1.30pm Tickets £25*

How to book
For online bookings, you can purchase your group's tickets at the individual gig pages:

Fri 9th Dec, Wed 14th Dec, Thu 15th Dec, Fri 16th Dec

For any enquiries, you can contact us by calling 020 8835 7070, or by emailing us at [email protected]

The Menu Starters

Chicken Liver Pate with Red Onion Marmalade
Classic Prawn Cocktail
Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Bread and Butter

Main Courses

Roasted Norfolk Turkey with all the traditional trimmings - Pigs in Blankets, Brussel Sprouts, Chestnuts, Roast Potatoes, Parsnips and Carrots, Bread and Cranberry Sauces
Winter Vegetable Casserole and Dumplings served with all the traditional Christmas trimmings
Roasted Salmon served with Herb Gnocchi, Shallots, Spinach and Wild Mushroom Fricassee


Christmas Pudding with brandy cream
Chef's Christmas Crumble and custard - your favourite apple, pear and berry dessert with an added mince pie twist!
Citrus tart with berry compote


The Entertainment

Drawn from the dazzling young talent of the NYJO, each afternoon will feature two sets of swinging festive favourites from a jazz trio or quartet, one instrumental and the second with a vocalist. And if our shipment of kazoos arrives on time, you might even get to jam some Christmas classics with the band yourselves!

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra

The musicians of the NYJO in a London performanceNYJO features the best, most gifted and talented of the next generation of Great British jazz musicians.

NYJO is world-famous as a glittering showcase for the country’s best young musicians. Since NYJO’s founding, by Music Director Bill Ashton OBE in 1965, most of the current generation of top British jazz musicians have risen through its ranks, often becoming established jazz stars whilst still playing with the band. One of NYJO’s aims is to share the talents of exciting young players with as wide a potential audience as possible.

A black and white portrait of NYJO vocalist Emma SmithNYJO is known for its unique swinging big band sound. Much of its music is especially written for the orchestra by British composers, often past and present members of the band. The music repertoire is huge, covering a wide variety of styles suitable for different occasions. NYJO’s concerts can be enjoyed by non-jazz audiences and jazz-lovers alike. Another of NYJO’s aims is to raise the profile of jazz, especially amongst young people, and so schools’ concerts are an important part of NYJO’s schedule.

NYJO has performed many hundreds of concerts all over Britain, from Ronnie Scott’s, The Barbican, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Usher Hall Edinburgh, The Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, to theatres, clubs and schools. It has made numerous TV and radio programmes, recorded around 40 albums, and visited most European Countries as well as the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Saxophonist Dave O'Higgins at a recent gigNYJO is recognised as a world-class jazz orchestra, and regularly tops the bill at festivals. In July 2002 NYJO was voted Best Big Band for the 4th time in the British Jazz Awards. Bill Ashton received the BBC Radio 2 Jazz Award in 1995 for his Services to Jazz, and received the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group’s Special Award in 2007.

Hideaway regulars will already know many of the NYJO's alumni, from global superstars such as the late Amy Winehouse, to club favourites such as saxophonist Dave O'Higgins, and current NYJO performers who have already starred on our stage such as vocalist Emma Smith


*price includes entry and three course meal, drinks not included, menu can be subject to change, additional dishes may be offered, some of which may carry a supplementary charge